The “Dream Team” just got deeper.
The Eagles have come to terms with former Miami Running back Ronnie Brown, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN. The deal is reportedly one year. The financial details as well as how much is guaranteed are unknown at this time.
Brown played in all 16 games for the Dolphins last season, finishing with 734 yards on 200 carries. He also had 33 receptions for over 200 yards. Brown finished with 5 total touchdowns, all on the ground.
Eagles GM Howie Roseman had this to say on the Brown signing.
“Ronnie is an all-around running back with a versatile skill set,” said Roseman. “He can run the ball, catch it, and does very well in pass protection. He’ll add some good size to our backfield and he’s a good character guy. We think he’ll be a tremendous compliment to LeSean [McCoy] and the other young backs on this team that we really like. You can never have enough good running backs in this league and we are happy to have Ronnie join us.”
Brown will soon turn 30, which makes him an unlikely target for the Eagles. One aspect of Brown’s game the Eagles may like is his familiarity with the wildcat, which Reid showed he liked during the one season Donovan McNabb and Michael Vick played on the same team.
Where Brown will fit on this team is unclear. The Eagles already have a dominant, starting running back in LeSean McCoy, and a back up in rookie Dion Lewis.
While Lewis has looked sharp at times during training camp, the argument could be made that it is risky to go into a season where the goal is to win a Super Bowl with a backup running back thats a rookie. McCoy has shown he is a tough player, but running backs more then any other position wear down through out the season. Brown can come in and keep McCoy fresh, and let Lewis learn for a season while still contributing at times.
Roseman also made sure to point out Brown’s ability to pick up the blitz, something that Lewis will likely struggle with as a rookie.
The addition of Brown gives the Eagles yet another weapon on offense. While he may not be the player he once was, Brown still had a rush of over 50 yards last season, and two receptions of 20 yards or longer.
Eldra Buckley is likely the odd man out now, as their is little chance the team will carry 4 running backs. The Brown signing also severely hurts rookie running back Graig Coopers chance of making the team.
More details to come as they emerge.